The guest speaker will be Sarah K. Dean, the environmental and regulatory compliance officer for Mars Chocolate North America, LLC.
Sponsors for the event are Santek Waste Services Inc. and Greenstream Recycling LLC.
The caterer will be Bradley High’s culinary class, which is taught by Richmond Flowers.
Event invitations will be mailed out shortly.
The following day, on March 2, after this annual breakfast and awards ceremony, the first Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held. Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tri-State Exhibition Center.
March is filled with KAB activities.
On March 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, Treasure N Trash will meet at Westland Drive, S.W., and Refreshment Drive to help do some cleanup in the area.
It’s All About the Green at Cleveland State Community College is set on April 13 and, a week later, the Spring River Cleanup will be held on the Greenway.
Cleveland Utilities is sponsoring Trash Art for area fifth- and sixth-graders. However, KAB still needs sponsors for the Middle School Rain Barrel Contest.
The winners of KAB’s America Recycles Challenge were: First Place, Cleveland High School; Second Place, Cleveland Middle School; and Third Place, Valley View Elementarty School.
KAB Executive Director Joanne Maskew announced that 13,428 pounds of recyclable materials were diverted from the landfill as a result of the recycling competition.
Zinnias will be planted as part of KAB’s Great American Clean-up for first through third grades.
Essay information was emailed to all area high schools before the holidays. The judging panel for the event this year is the Cleveland Associated Industries Environmental Committee. The co-sponsor of the event is the Westside Ruritan Club.
KAB also is looking for more rain barrels for middle schoolers to be able to decorate for their recycling project.
In other news that directly affects KAB, the local Coca-Cola facility has partnered with 18 area schools and 13 businesses.